The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Designed to expose students to factors affecting health equity through a structured field placement in an area where people have poor health. The course also develops a student's ability to plan and implement a project, and submit an assignment on their chosen topic.

Full-time students who enrol in Health Equity Selectives must enrol concurrently in MEDI3018 - General Practice and Subspecialties 2.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and critique research literature relevant to the area of health equity being studied;

2. Demonstrate the ability to take a relevant history to the area of health equity being studied;

3. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of known demographic, educational and cultural factors affecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of patients, their families and the population;

4. Demonstrate an appreciation and understand of interaction between humans and their social and physical environment, and ways in which these factors may impact on a person's clinical presentation, access to health care and ability to comply with a management plan;

5. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the effect of resource maldistribution in the delivery of health to a population, and how this may impact on prevention, risk factor management, diagnosis and management plans for an individual in this population;

6. Demonstrate appropriate inter-professional communication and behaviour with colleagues; and

7. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of respect for community values and diverse human backgrounds including cultural values.


Students attend one of several selective placement opportunities in an area of health disadvantage. This course provides an eight-week placement in a health setting where health equity is a significant issue. These placements are organised within several structured streams. The course exposes students to different populations wrestling with their own health care problems.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine degree programs.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 2nd year requirements

Assumed knowledge

MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Student Proposal *

Proposal / Plan: Field Supervisor Agreement Form *

Report: Field Supervisor Report(s) *

Written Assignment: Final Assignment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Integrated Learning Session: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 100% attendance and participation.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must be deemed Satisfactory for the Final Assignment in order to pass the course
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Proposal / Plan: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Proposal / Plan: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate - students must complete a Senior First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 35 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 12

35-40 hours per week ( a full week of placement) for 8 weeks.